Translations have the potential to communicate one culture to another, strengthening humanistic ties. Translators can be peacemakers, self-abnegatingly finding compromises in the perilous confrontation of languages. No one exemplified this ideal more than Sasson Somekh, an Israeli translator and literary historian of Iraqi Jewish origin who passed away on August 18, 2019 at the age of 86.
Using Jewish concepts, long-time acquaintance of Roseanne Barr, Shmuley Boteach yet again showed he is her most eloquent defender, bar none.
The ‘Who Wore It Better’ of the #MeToo age: ‘Who Apologized Better?’
Aggrieved political wives have a long, sad history in this country — and in Judaism.
You might not expect a 12th-century rabbinic sage to have words of wisdom about Vanity Fair’s viral Caitlyn Jenner cover. And yet, Maimonides delivers — even if some Jews don’t want to listen.
A common Yiddish phrase literally means ‘I have it in the left earlock.’ Philologos investigates the idiom, which does not require knowledge of Jewish hairstyles.
Actress Blake Lively recently launched a website called Preserve, which aims to promote an artisanal lifestyle through the posting of recipes, craft projects and style profiles, and to sell a variety of food and clothing items. Because Preserve genuinely desires “to give back to those with fewer opportunities but just as much heart and soul as anyone else,” it will donate 5% of every purchase to a charity that helps American children.
Maimonides was a preeminent philosopher of Jewish law in the 12th century. In 2014, he’s trending again. A scholarly conference asks: What is it about him that’s captured our attention?
Maimonides was not just a titan of Jewish learning — he can be a surprisingly contemporary guide for our times. Moshe Halbertal’s new book dives in.
Norman Mailer was of that generation of American Jews who didn’t fetishize their Jewishness. Joshua Furst reflects on a new biography of arguably the 20th century’s most influential writer.